The USS Forrestal is towed through the canal Tuesday at South Padre Island, Texas, as crowds lined jetties and the shoreline to get a close look at the carrier. The vessel, which was commissioned in 1956, was sold to All Star Metals for 1 cent.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Navy’s first post-World War II supercarrier has arrived at its last port of call.The massive aircraft carrier USS Forrestal completed its final sail Tuesday when it arrived at a South Texas scrapyard from Philadelphia.All Star Metals President Nikhil Shah said the vessel arrived at the Brownsville yard Tuesday afternoon.The carrier left Philadelphia under tow Feb. 4. The 60-year-old ship was sold to All Star Metals for 1 cent.The USS Forrestal was decommissioned in September 1993, after more than 38 years of service. Its flight deck was the site of a 1967 fire that killed 132 crewmen and injured 62 others.The Navy made the USS Forrestal available for donation as a museum or memorial but says it received no feasible applications for reuse.